Look at that precious face! LOVE HER! :)
So, it is with great sadness I have to report my Gators lost to our arch rivals, the Noles. I predicted this after last season came to an end. So, I'm fine with it. Our season sucked tremendously and while I'm not a bandwagon fan, I am one who can admit when our team is down and out. Anyway, congrats to all of my Noles fans out there. It was about time you guys whooped up on us anyway.
So my job/home search is getting redonkulous. I've now started applying for au pair positions outside this country. I have NO IDEA how this would work out since I probably have to get a working visa, learn another language, and figure out what to do with Piper. I'm trying to find a way for her to come with me, but I don't even know how that works with international flights. So far, I've had three families respond. One from Italy, one from Germany, and one from Spain. The Spain family looks the most promising as they sent me the most detailed response. The family in Germany has a separate living quarters I could live in which would make it much more appealing to me. It's very nerve wracking but could be a really amazing experience. It seems most of them give you tons of time off to explore and learn their language and culture. They just want you to speak english and teach their children the language. I think it's pretty cool. I'd love to do that with my kids someday. What great parents to want to expose their children to such things. So, who knows where I'll go with this. The other issue is housing here in the states. I'm trying to find a place to live and will end up probably having to sign a lease. How can I sign a lease and not know whether or not I'll be going overseas or not?
That's a whole 'nother can of worms. Housing. Where I'm looking to live is really reasonable for rent. I can get away with rent and utilities for no more than $500 and be in a safe, quiet, great area. The only problem is finding the right roommate, the right location, and finding someone who will let me bring in Piper. Time is running out and I'm beginning to stress about it. The LAST THING in this world I want to have to do is move to Florida. That would be the WORST thing ever. Sounds dramatic, I know, but that place is nothing but a mess to me. It's like a carousel for me. Round and round you go. Doing the same routine over and over. Nobody changes, everyone stays the same. It's drama. Not for me. Anyway, I'm learning to trust that God has a plan for me and it might not be apparent now, but it will be in the future.
I think I blogged a while ago about how I started listening to "Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage." This is the book that the tv show on Lifetime is LOOSELY based off of. I'm now almost halfway through (I think in total it's some 16 hours!) and I'm loving it. From what I understand it's more of a true account of some families on Ft. Bragg, though I don't know how much is EXACTLY precise. Anyway, I won't give away anything but it's really great. Even though I was only involved in "the life" for about two years, I can so relate to the ways and the customs of things. There are times I think I'll miss certain aspects of being a military spouse and I think I'll blog more on that another time. Anyway, it's a great read or "listen" if you're interested in that sort of thing.
That's all for now :)